Master of Professional Accounting graduate Enoch Ko describes himself as a ‘relentless learner’. It’s a trait that has propelled his career from strength to strength.
Senior Finance Analyst, Medibank
When Enoch Ko started the Master of Professional Accounting, he had intended to move into investments. But his studies soon opened another pathway that was to shape his career.
“My studies laid the foundation upon which I build my understanding of the business.
“After learning about management accounting and understanding, how it helps businesses make better decisions, I feel that I can contribute more directly to the society and the economy by facilitating better decision-making in businesses,” he explained.
With a background in manufacturing, Enoch found his transition to accounting and finance was a logical step. Many of the subjects complemented his existing knowledge, particularly management accounting.
“The subject made intuitive sense to me and I was immediately able to see how the methods and techniques are applicable in real life,” he said.
After graduating in 2011, Enoch spotted a job ad for Aspire Brands. He landed a role in inventory, but was aiming for a position in management accounting so he volunteered to be involved in pricing and financial analysis.
It started a chain reaction and Enoch’s career took an upward trajectory.
“That experience helped me get into my role as a commercial analyst at Interactive, where I advanced through to become a senior commercial analyst and, eventually, a business partner,” he said.
“The hiring manager that hired me into Interactive left soon after I started and eventually ended up at Medibank. When a head of finance at Medibank was looking for someone with my skillsets, he recommended me and I was recruited into Medibank.
“While the start of my transition into accounting and finance was challenging, the relationships I have cultivated by delivering outstanding results throughout my career have led me to where I am today.”
The ability learn and grow has been the key to Enoch’s career advancement. He said taking the initiative to develop his skills has proved beneficial when solving problems and networking.
“Once I got into my first analyst job, I rapidly expanded my knowledge of Excel and learned VBA programming,” he said.
“That enabled me to accomplish a lot of things in Excel that others aren’t able to do. And by being the Excel expert, other than being able to deliver great results, I was able to build relationships with all those who come to me for Excel advice and consultations. That helped expand my influence and relationship network within the companies I’ve worked in.
“Even now, I’m continuing to learn new things - and I believe that as long as I continue learning and growing, there’s no limit as to what I can do.”
His advice for MPA students? Aim high and achieve outstanding results.
“That’s one of the few things that an employer can see on your resume when you have no prior experience,” he said.
“Good grades will help you get your first job. If you can get relevant work experience, that’s even better.”
He also recommends mastering communication to build and manage relationships along with learning to touch type and becoming an Excel pro to work more productively.
“Once you get into the workforce, it’s all about R&R - results and relationships,” he explained.
“Delivering outstanding results and building great relationships. If you are able to do these well, you’ll go far in your career.”